2022 Australian Open Day 3 wrapup: Muguruza, Kontaveit upset; Sabalenka overcomes Wang
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The bottom half of the women's draw at the 2022 Australian Open saw action as the second round came to an end at Melbourne Park.

The notable headline was upsets as third seed Garbine Muguruza, sixth seed Anett Kontaveit, 12th seed Elena Rybakina and 17th seed Emma Raducanu were shown the door.

Second seed Aryna Sabalenka survived 19 double faults to reach the third round.

Sabalenka survives as upsets litter women's draw

Sabalenka double-faulted 12 times to drop the opening set, but rallied to defeat Xinyu Wang 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Muguruza was flat throughout her 6-3, 6-3 defeat to Alize Cornet that took just one hour, 28 minutes.

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"I feel amazing", the 61st-rsnked Frenchwoman said. "My state of mind was perfect...I felt like I was in a bubble."

Muguruza, a finalist at Melbourne Park in 2020, was understandably disappointed. 

"It's a tough day. My serve wasn't there, I think my shots weren't there also; tactically I think I wasn't [making] the right decisions either.

"My shots weren't as accurate and precise; I feel also my aggressive game wasn't that as aggressive today."

Clara Tauson needed just 79 minutes to rout Kontaveit 6-2, 6-4 to pick up her first top ten victory.

"I felt so good out there", the world number 39 stated. "It's the first time I'm in the third round of a slam [and] playing a player like her to reach it, it's a really big achievement for me."

Rybakina was forced to retire trailing Shuai Zhang 6-4, 1-0 while Raducanu battled blisters throughout her 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 loss to Danka Kovinic.

Other results

Elsewhere, seventh seed Iga Swiatek rolled past Rebecca Peterson 6-2, 6-2, tenth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova ended the career of Samantha Stosur with a 6-2, 6-2 victory and 14th seed Simona Halep blew away Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2, 6-0.

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19th seed Elise Mertens had no problems with Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-2, 27th seed Danielle Collins, a semifinalist in 2019, beat Ana Konjuh 6-4, 6-3, 29th seed Tamara Zidansek got past Heather Watson 7-6 (4), 6-4 and 31st seed Marketa Vondrousova got by Liudmila Samsonova 6-2, 7-5.

In matchups of unseeded players, Sorana Cirstea eased past Kristina Kucova 6-2, 6-4, six-time major quarterfinalist Kaia Kanepi beat Marie Bouzkova 6-2, 7-6 (3) and Aussie wild card Maddison Inglis overcame qualifier Hailey Baptiste 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2.

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